The Chennai Super Kings is the most successful team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when it comes to appearances in the final. CSK have qualified for the playoffs in all the seasons they have featured barring just one and have played eight IPL finals. Of those eight appearances, MS Dhoni and Co. have won three.
The Super Kings will be playing their ninth final in the 14th season of the IPL this time around. As we gear for the IPL 2021 finals where CSK will be going toe to toe with the Kolkata Knight Riders, lets take a look at how the Men in Yellow have done in the summit clash over the years.
Chennai Super Kings in IPL Finals through the years
The inaugural edition of the IPL saw CSK take on the Rajasthan Royals in the final. The Super Kings failed to step up on the big stage as Shane Warne and Co. lifted the maiden IPL trophy. CSK were outdone by Yusuf Pathan‘s all round effort as he took a fifer before scoring a whirlwind 56 off just 39 balls to steal the win away from CSK’s grasp.
The Super Kings emerged victorious in their second shot at the trophy as they toppled their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in the final. Chennai posted a total of 168 thanks to Suresh Raina’s fifty and healthy contributions from Dhoni and Murli Vijay. Put to chase, the MI lineup collapsed as they managed just 146 in 20 overs to hand CSK their maiden title.
CSK became the first team to defend the IPL title as they took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final in IPL 2011. Having chosen to bat first, the Men in Yellow put up a mammoth total of 205 riding on the back of a tremendous knock of 95 from Murli Vijay. The total proved too much even for the star-studded RCB lineup as they managed just 147 in their quota of 20 overs.
In their third IPL final in a row, Chennai faced off with KKR in the finals. Yet again, Dhoni decided to bat first having called it right at the toss and his top-order proved his decision right. The Super Kings posted a humongous total of 190 as the top three fired. In reply, KKR rode home with two balls to spare on the back to stupendous innings of 95 from Maninder Bisla and Jacques Kallis‘s 65 to win their maiden title.
Another season and another final for the Men in Yellow. Playing their fourth final in a row, Chennai clashed with MI for the prestigious trophy. Batting first, Kieron Pollard played a sumptuous innings to help MI to a respectable score of 148 and that was enough for them to restrict their rivals on a sluggish Eden Garden’s wicket. The Super Kings batting lineup failed to get their act together as they managed just 125 in their 20 overs to hand Mumbai their first title.
Yet another IPL final saw Mumbai and Chennai clash in the final game. Much like the previous occasion, the Indians put up a humongous total of 202 batting first. Lendl Simmons and MI’s middle order fired to help them to a great total. Set to lift their third IPL title, CSK managed just 168 as Dwayne Smith was the lone batsman who managed to cross the 30 run mark.
CSK were banned for two years following a match-fixing scandal in 2015. IPL 2018 marked the return of the two-time champs and they announced so in style as they lifted their third IPL title. Taking on the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai chased down 178 runs with nine balls to spare as Shane Watson scored a scintillating ton despite being a bleeding knee.
The arch-rivals, MI and CSK, met again in the final. This time too, Mumbai had the last laugh as they snuck a win from under CSK’s noses by just a run. Batting first, MI posted a sizable total of 149 riding on a Pollard blitz. For the third time in the history of the league, the Super Kings failed to chase down a below-par total in the final despite Watson’s impressive 80 run knock.